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Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek

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Papa calls on all the creatures of the jungle to help find his baby in this tender, noisy, and gloriously illustrated game of hide-and-seek.

"Jut-Ay, Baby, peek-a-boo,
Want to play? Where are you?"

Baby knows that Jut-Ay means morning has come, and it's time to play. But where is Baby hiding? Eechy-eechy-egg! crows the red-tailed rooster. Is Baby near? Hru-hruu! Hru-hruu! whi
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 19th 2004 by Candlewick
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Jul 14, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jack by: CWMARS
Shelves: k-g-4
By Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade.
Known for "Hush! A Thai Lullaby", 1997 Caldecott Honor Book.
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2

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PreS-Gr. 2. Rhyming text and collage art invite participation in this cultural twist on a familiar childhood game, from the creators of Hush! A Thai Lullaby (1996). Just as American seekers might say "Peek-A-Boo," Thai seekers say "Jut-Ay" when they look for someone in hiding. Here, a father looks for his daughter, who hides in variou
Peek! is rendered in cut-paper collage, watercolor and loose rhymes. I adore picture books that provide opportunities to expand one’s vocabulary. Peek! has great adjectives and creatures alongside fun to say onomatopoeia. I wish I’d found more images as the color palette is fresh and bright.

While the world is a lovely and lively place, father is always keeping an eye out. As the game progresses, the animals get fiercer, the father signals an end to the game, the child coming to him when he calls
Aug 17, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Crystal--thank you!
So cute and fun! Love the cute and atmospheric artwork and all the little touches that really make me feel like I was transported to Thailand. This follows the fun of hide-and-seek with a little girl and her father and all the animals they encounter along the way. The text is perfect for read-aloud.
Becky B
A little girl and her father play hide-n-seek around their house located in the Thai jungle. Father goes around asking the animals if they've seen his little girl. As the animals get scarier, the father gets more concerned and finally calls a stop to the game to make sure the little girl is ok.

I really like Minfong Ho's Hush!, which is a huge hit with students here (I teach at an int'l school in Thailand). I hadn't read this one yet, so picked it up from the elementary library last week. Minfon
Jul 22, 2014 Ameryn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ameryn by: Carlsbad Public Library
Shelves: kids
Lovely illustrations that capture a parent/child relationship; I like that the story is about a child and dad playing together.
Nov 15, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
A little girl and her father play a game of "Jut-Ay", a Thai game similar to hide and seek. Children will enjoy finding glimpses of the little girl in the pictures. Various animals are featured: a dragonfly, a rooster, a turtle, a monkey, snake and even an elephant and a tiger! Some features illustrate the specificity of setting: the lush green foliage, the futon bedding, the rattan chairs, the orchid, the different animal sounds, the little girls' umbrella. Meade's brightly colored watercolor a ...more
Jul 17, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-american
Format: Picture book
Age level: Preschool
Protagonist: A father playing hide-and-seek with his daughter

Brief Summary: This is an adorable story that has a father talking to different animals while looking for his daughter. Each part of the story covers two pages, and the little girl is hiding somewhere in all of them. Most of the story rhymes, which make it seem even more like a game. However, there are a few exceptions to the rhyming patterns, which throws off the reading.

The pictures are bright
Jun 29, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
A story in rhyme about a little girl who plays hide and seek from her father. All the animals are making sounds which makes it difficult for the father to hear where his daughter is. The father keeps mentioning that his baby cannot be found, which makes it maybe less appropriate for the pre-schoolers.
Dec 16, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok
Dad is playing hide and seek with his young daughter in the jungle and discovers several different animals in his hunt. They all have very unique animal sounds and the little girl is easily found in each page spread. I was concerned with the tiger and dad's question of "did you eat her up in there"!
May 09, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Jut-Ay is playing peek-a-boo with her father throughout this beautifully illustrated picture book. A great one on one book to share with your favorite little one. This book was purchased and distributed to the monthly playgroup that my library and public school collaborate.
Nov 07, 2008 Misha rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
My son is all about this one right now because "Peek-a-boo" is his favorite game. Last night he ran around shouting "Green-back turtle, green-back turtle!" and mimicking the Thai equivalent of a rooster's call.
Sweet. For young children. Similar sound and look as "Hush: a Thai Lullaby." This one with father looking for daughter. The other is with a mother and baby.
Caldecott honor
Jan 30, 2013 June rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thai and hide and seek requests
This one always freaks me out. A father playing hide and seek with snakes, crocodiles and tigers around? However, I do like the Thai setting.
Sarah Sammis
Cute book but it would be difficult for my daughter to read and probably would be a tongue twister if read out loud.
Jan 20, 2013 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A bit long for story time, but a nice multicultural lapsit book with Thai animal sounds.
Aug 08, 2007 Gea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children
Shelves: childrensbooks
Love this book. But I also love Thailand, so that may be part of the reason.
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Minfong Ho is an award-winning Chinese-American writer. Her works frequently deal with the lives of people living in poverty in Southeast Asian countries.
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